A History of Florida Citrus Freezes. John A. from numerous Florida crop reporting districts for the Attaway. 1997. 368 pp. $48.00. Hardbound. Florida nights of the freezes. Two-thirds of the book's chap- Science Source. ISBN 0-944961-03-7. ters are devoted to individual severe citrus freezes oc- curring up to 1997. However, aspects of the synoptic climatology of freezes are not included or referenced. Florida citrus freezes occur when air temperature Here recent work of specific interest is found in Rogers drops below freezing for a period of several hours. and Rohli (1991), Rohli and Rogers (1993), and Progressive damage to orange crops can include col- Downton and Miller (1993), three studies that include oring on the skin, tree defoliation, ice development in discussion of links between citrus freezes and the tem- the fruit, and outright destruction of citrus trees in the poral variability of the Pacific-North American worst freezes. Damage is a function not only of tem- teleconnection pattern. perature, but duration of the subfreezing conditions, the wind velocity, a grove's topographic elevation, soil Chapter 2 focuses on the extraordinary severe freeze moisture, and tree size and age. In many respects, the of 1835, which has delineated Florida as the
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